Black Skimmers

There is an area on Lido Key Beach where Black Skimmers have nested for breeding.  I’m guessing there is about 60-80 but it is difficult to estimate.  Every day at sunrise they come over to the beach,  splash around in the water for a few minutes, and then start feeding.  They catch small fish by dragging the lower part of their beak through the water:

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They have an odd call – almost like a small barking dog.  They will also get pretty aggressive in attacking what they see as a potential threat to their nests.  I watched a group of them “dive-bombing” a small Egret that had strayed too close to the nests.

I’ve enjoyed going out to Lido Key to watch them and hope they are in that same spot next year.

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